It is estimated that stress related absenteeism costs Australian business $10.11 billion per year.
Stress is known to be a trigger for mental illness and leaves us vulnerable to physical illness. In the workplace this results in increased absenteeism, presenteeism, interpersonal conflict, decreased job satisfaction, physical/psychological injury and loss of productivity.
So why is stress and workplace mental health not addressed?
The two main reasons are mental health illiteracy and stigma. I mean what is easier calling your boss to inform them you won’t be in due to a stomach virus or you have just had a panic attack?
MYTH- A mentally healthy workplace is Stress Free
This is unrealistic thinking -stress can’t be 100% eradicated. Business needs to change to remain financially viable further as humans we need to adapt to live a fulfilling life. However there are ways a workplace can reduce unnecessary psychological harm. In addition educating and supporting individual employees about stress and how to calm it is imperative.